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July 31st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Wreath Re-Do

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So it was hot and sticky again this weekend, and where was I?
I was outside in the middle of it all.

About 7 years ago, I got a bright idea to make my own grapevine wreath. We have grape vines growing all over in the woods. So I started chopping and pulling them out of the trees. These grapevines went 15-20 feet into the oak trees. There is one tree at the drive that is totally covered in grapevines to the point that it’s growth has been stunted and it’s bending over.

So when I first made this grapevine wreath, I started without a form, just started weaving the wreath. The I noticed it was quite large and I didn’t know how it would support itself, so Curt made me a tube frame to weave into it.

When it was done, it was 60″ in diameter, maybe a little more in some spots. It’s not exactly a perfect circle. So, where do you put something like that…Naturally I hung it from the basketball hoop on the garage (we have a dirt drive way and I don’t know the last time anyone put a ball through that hoop).  It was there for quite a few years. Then one year I tried to grown vines around it – failed miserably.  So for about a year it has been sitting on the ground, leaning up against the hot tub.

Well, I decided this was the weekend I was going to put it in a new place. As we were moving it though, I noticed how dried out and brittle the vines were. So I was off looking for some new vines to wrap around. I actually had a lot of fun doing this. I was covered in sweat but I had a blast.

So it now has a new place of honor, above/behind what I call the “Lily Pond” as you drive in the driveway.The plan is to have some clematis planted behind the Lily Pond (north side) to shade it’s roots and then it will have the wreath to climb.

The Lily Pond is where I planted all the Daylily plants that my husband brought home one day.  You see, one day we were driving thru our small town and I made a comment about how much I liked those flowers that were growing in that yard.  Next thing I know on my birthday, he had brought me 12 different Daylily plants – and still stops at nurseries to see if they have any different ones that he could bring home to add.

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